Insider’s Guide to Montreal: 12 Ways to Do the City Right

by Alison Wellner (RSS feed) Oct 22nd 2009 at 10:01AM

Montreal is a fantastic destination, but like any city, it can be hard for a visitor to get to know. To that end, Tourisme Montreal has engaged five in-the-know locals to basically blanket social media from Facebook, to Twitter, to blogs, sharing all of their knowledge about their city — and answering questions from travelers in town. Katerine Rollet is one of these insiders, and she recently selected these 12 can’t-miss experiences in Montreal for Luxist.

  1. Go for tea at the St. James Hotel. This chic boutique hotel is where the likes of the Rolling Stones and Madonna stay when they’re in town, and the tea at newly renovated restaurant XO is a a great way to experience a proper British tea with a modern twist.
  2. Experience the spa at Place D’armes — one of the best places in town for a mani-pedi, not to mention one of the few places in Montreal to experience a hammam, or Turkish bath. Wrap up with a drink on the terrace.
  3. For men: at Québec’s own Phillipe Dubuc — the place for a man to fill his closet with stylish, business appropriate clothing with an edge.
  4. For women: fill your suitcase at Montreal’s achingly stylish, unfailingly feminine Marie Saint Pierre.
  5. For everyone: visit Oglivy, a lovely shopping mall filled with charming boutiques, great book stores, stationary shops, international designers and more.
  6. For the shopping-shy: Engage the style hounds at Les Effrontes to have your own guided tour of Montreal’s up and coming designer’s ateliers.
  7. Dine at Joe Beef, on raw bar and steak in up-and-coming neighborhood Little Burgundy (“Petite Bourgogne”) .
  8. Or, hit Toque — widely considered one of the best meals you can have in Montreal. Try the tasting menu.
  9. Or reserve the chef’s table at Europea, and dine in the kitchen of charismatic Chef Jérôme Ferrer.
  10. After dinner drinks: check out Hotel St Paul’s bar for cocktails with Montreal’s chicest.
  11. Sweet treats: visit Point G for waffles, artisanal ice cream, and most importantly, macarons.
  12. Brunch the next day: La Cantine in the Plateau neighborhood, for a traditional Québec brunch revisited.